Harry Styles, purveyor of incredible suits, swoon-worthy singer, and effortless hair icon, wore a single pearl earring on the 2019 Met Gala red carpet. Paired with his sheer Gucci blouse, black pants, and black boots, it was a subtle moment in the history of the iconic red carpet, but one that requires deep and lengthy appreciation.
Styles is one of the hosts of the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” theme event, attending alongside Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele. The Gucci Gold Pearl Bee Drop earring was clipped on and dangled from his right ear, making this small $400 piece of jewelry the star of the show.
On social media, fans who all expected him to come out in something big—much in the same way Lady Gaga did—were all pleasantly surprised by the subtle scream of his outfit. “Everyone: Harry‘s gonna kill us by wearing something big and loud and wild. Harry: kills us by wearing a teeny tiny earring in his teeny tiny ear,” one fan determined. “HARRY REALLY WENT OFF WITH THE EARRING IM CRYING,” another loudly put.
For many, Styles’ willingness to take societal fashion norms and throw them out the window is truly the genius of his fashion sense. Earrings should be worn by anyone who wants to wear them, especially gorgeous pearl ones, end of campy story.
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